Portal 2 delayed until April

Valve pushes multiplayer sequel to first-person puzzler back two months; North American and Australian launch set for April 20, European debut April 22.

Portal 2 won't be opening for a couple months longer. Valve today announced that the stand-alone sequel to 2007's breakout success won't be making its previously announced launch date.

Orange and Blue, the stars of Portal 2's co-op mode, are fighting. Or maybe they're hugging. Find out in April.

Portal 2 will open to gamers the week of April 18, more than two months after its previous February 9 launch date. This is the second delay for the game, as Valve originally announced Portal 2 with a holiday quarter 2010 launch window. The company put a positive spin on the latest postponement, calling it the "shortest delay in Valve history."

Portal 2 follows the events of the first Portal, which saw gamers taking on the role of a human lab rat, Chell, who used a portal gun to create interdimensional openings on ceilings, walls, and floors in an effort to escape the Aperture Science labs. Along the way, players were guided through the diabolical tests by the deceptively sincere, yet altogether sadistic, artificial intelligence known as GLaDOS.

The game will feature a single-player campaign billed as being twice as long as the original's, but the real focus is on the new multiplayer cooperative mode. The co-op mode will tell a parallel story to the single-player adventure and last roughly as long. In it, players will take control of two robots, named simply Blue and Orange, and work together to tackle their own set of portal-related problems.

For more on Portal 2, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

[UPDATE]: Portal 2's global release window is now the week of April 18, not April 18 itself as originally reported. Valve has clarified that Portal 2 will launch in North America and Australia on April 20, with a European debut following on April 22. Dates for other regions will be announced at a later date. GameSpot regrets the error.

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276 comments
Giancarlo9
Giancarlo9

If I wait any longer, my cake will melt!

Giancarlo9
Giancarlo9

AHHHHHHH! This is getting VERY anoying. Every time it's about one month from being released, oops! DELAYED! At least it will be worth the wait. The first game was amazing, period. (I HOPE it's worth the wait.)

SociopathicBox
SociopathicBox

Im glad they pushed it back into April, my February will be eaten alive by Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Dead Space 2.

GSTom11
GSTom11

awesome new characters. hopefully there's splitscreen and it's not just online co-op

DKant
DKant

Love it love it love it. :D Speaking of delays, have they just forgotten about Half-Life 3? Oh well, how many games can they put out at the same time? :/

chainsawscourge
chainsawscourge

aw this trailer is helerios!!! dont disapoint me valve make it worth the wait...

chainsawscourge
chainsawscourge

well thats valve for you great games awful delayes...

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@neoand12 Considering Portal 1 was a childplay in terms of "puzzle" the other would have to be an idiot to be stuck that long. If you found it difficult, don't bother try the Penumbra -serie, which actually had a little bit of challenge in the puzzles. Portal 2 will likely be a lot more difficult than Portal 1 - seeing how much there is added in the game. I still don't believe it's going to be "very challenging" anyway, but only time will tell, I guess. The reason I brought up Portal 1 was due to this. Anyways, too bad it got delayed because I'm anticipating for this game. While at the same time I'm a bit relieved, seeing how many games there are to buy at the same time that one gets delayed a little bit so that I can have some space in between buying all of them.

neoand12
neoand12

oh man I'm so hyped for this game...but something tells me I'm going to be stuck on a Level with an idiot that can't use his brain in co-op for more then 4 hours.

ProdjectAUSM
ProdjectAUSM

The delays are killing me! But it means that it'll be better. I don't want to wait any longer.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

The first game already blew my mind O__o, a second one will turn my brain into @.@ so valve taking longer to make this game even more insanely cool will make me go X__x

Andrex1212
Andrex1212

Anybody else think 4/20 is an awesome day for this to be released? I'm not complaining at all that I get to get baked all day with my girlfriend and play such an awesome game for the first time.

Patapon250
Patapon250

Remember people! Delay= More polish and better product.

Rocker6
Rocker6

I can wait,I guess.But still,too bad it got delayed. BTW I hope Valve soon give us some news about HL Episode Three.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Well, that's disappointing, but if they're making the game better then that's alright. The previous date had made it the ideal candidate for a Birthday present. Now I suppose it'll have to be a two-month late present instead.

digi-demon
digi-demon

@speedfreak48t5p Thanks for the advice - reckon I will give it a play soon :D

magnusm1
magnusm1

@Killing_Free Gentlemen, I suspect 1:st degree of fan-boyism. Anyone got an idea of which game he belongs to?

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

They should change the name of the game. everytime I see portal I read it as postal , and I think wow finally postal 3. then damn that's an r

Killing_Free
Killing_Free

@magnusm1 throwing away my mac? lol I never used a mac and I have a high-end pc, steam engine definitely sucks, that's it. year: 2011, valve will be using half life engine...

bsnimunf
bsnimunf

It would be neat if they removed Headset communication for the Co-op and the players had to communicate through some kind of miming, pointing, nodding system. Although it would be difficult to implement successfully it would be more immersive and have a humorous value. Robots chatting to each other with human voices will not be very immersive.

dw9872
dw9872

This was not a triumph.

BodyBag22
BodyBag22

Still working on a 'valve' timeline I see.

Marky360
Marky360

@Sardinar you never know valve might have a trick up there sleeve

SunOfAtom
SunOfAtom

Valve - delaying games since people lost patience for quality.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I love games with a solid offline co-op mode, so I hope that is what this game will offer (it wasn't clear in the report whether it was on or offline co-op). Plus I never played the first game so it might be worth rummaging around for that before getting this.

svbandanaman
svbandanaman

I really don't care about them delaying this. The first Portal was one of the best games I have ever experienced and if they need longer to make this one even better, then I welcome it!

tenaus
tenaus

'Shortest delay in valve history' - lol

magnusm1
magnusm1

@Killing_Free Throw away your Macintosh and get a good PC, my little man.

Antherian_being
Antherian_being

That actually works out to about an 8-10 hour game... That's awesome :)

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Seeing as its VALVe, I dont mind the delay, as im sure it will be worth the wait, they never dissapoint : )

D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

A shame the game had to be delayed but it will be worth the wait. The original Portal was an amazing game and Portal 2 may actually break some new ground. Can't wait.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@AllTimeHigh I don't look up on games 24/7, I just keep up on gaming news that's all I do and I have some games being tracked so I can keep up and tthe whole living on under a rock thing is an expression but anyways man peace out.

AllTimeHigh
AllTimeHigh

@kennythomas26 Well I'm sorry I don't look up on video game info 24/7 like you do. I don't care about Gears anyways. I was just making a point that majority of people would play Gears rather than this.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

this looks alright I'm going to play the orange box do I can beat every thing on it.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@AllTimeHigh I don't mean to purst your bubble man but Gears of war 3 has been delayed to September of next year not April have you been living under a rock or something cause that news has been out for at least a month now may be longer.

Shinkada
Shinkada

Valve delayed a game?! SERIOUSLY?!

nephili232
nephili232

That's fine. Portal 2 will be amazing but I hope they start delaying more games. Feb/March is way too busy for new releases.

Ceza2
Ceza2

@AvatarMan96... That's not Irony, that's coincidence... But I do like that they are Orange and Blue. What can I say? I gotta rep my school

Bowser05
Bowser05

No surprises there. Still...Valve has yet to dissapoint me so I'll patiently wait.

EnDeR2015
EnDeR2015

o well at leat ill have lvb 2 and kz3 to play till april

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

Orange and blue...ironic. I happen to be a Florida Gators fan :P

payne6705
payne6705

About as predictable as the sun coming up each morning.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ ganesh69 my point was that a pc/keyboard IS a controller....